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Dr. King's Whitewashed Legacy, Sinclair Statement Defense, Cost of Happiness

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Apr 10, 2018 11:00 pm
  • 1:41:34

Has Dr. King’s Legacy Been Whitewashed? Guest: Wornie Reed, PhD, Director, Race and Social Policy Research Center, Virginia Tech Fifty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, what lessons does his legacy offer young activists today marching and organizing for issues such as racial equality, police reform, economic opportunity or gun control? Wornie Reed worries the real nature of Dr. King’s work is not well-known today, and certainly not taught in your typical social studies or history class at school.  Reed marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr and saw him speak dozens of times. A Journalist’s Defense of the Sinclair Statement Guest: Robert Walz, Associate Teaching Professor of Journalism, Brigham Young University When you watch your favorite local TV news, you probably don’t realize that station has a corporate owner somewhere. A company called Sinclair Broadcast Group is the largest – it owns 190 stations across the country and it’s been taking a lot of heat recently for requiring local TV news hosts at all of its stations to read a message on-the-air about a “troubling trend of irresponsible, one sided news stories plaguing our country.” Across the media landscape, journalists have condemned the move by Sinclair, saying it’s a thinly veiled attack on mainstream news outlets and an endorsement of President Trump’s constant effort to discredit reporting he disagrees with. President Trump has, in fact, praised Sinclair on Twitter, contrasting it with the “Fakers at CNN, NBC, ABC & CBS.” We talk to a journalist who defends the move by Sinclair. Making Wheelchairs More Versatile in the Developing World Guest: Eric Wunderlich, Manager, LDS Charities Wheelchair Initiative; Ryan Larson and Cameron Johnson, Chemical Engineering Capstone Students, Brigham Young University Can you imagine how limited your opportunities would be if you needed a wheelchair to get to work, school, church, the store... but you didn’t have one? The World Health Organization says there are 70 million people in the world who need a wheelchair. Those who live in countries like the US typically have what they need. People in poorer countries, don’t. And if they do have a wheelchair, it’s not well-adapted to getting around on rough terrain, over long distances. A group of engineering students at BYU has come up with a solution, in partnership with the humanitarian arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A New Legacy for the Immortal Henrietta Lacks Guest: Adele Newson-Horst, PhD, Vice President of Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group, Professor of English at Morgan State University In February, Virginia lawmakers approved development on a cancer research and treatment center in honor of Henrietta Lacks. The center will be constructed in Halifax County, not far from where Henrietta Lacks was buried in 1951. But in a very real way, Henrietta Lacks lives on today. For around $500, you can order a vial of her living cells for research purposes. The Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group promotes the “immortal biological contributions” of Henrietta Lacks to medicine. The Cost of Happiness Guest:  Ed Diener, PhD, Professor of Social Psychology, University of Utah and University of Virginia They say money can’t buy happiness, but lots of research proves that’s baloney. Income is connected to happiness. The trickier question is: just how much money do you need for optimal life satisfaction? According to newly published research, the magic number is $95,000 a year, on average, worldwide. “New Retail” and the Future of Shopping Guest: Jialu Shan, Research Associate, Global Center for Digital Business Transformation, Switzerland Toys “R” Us is going out of business. It’s the end of an era for the generations who grew up wandering the aisles and begging parents for their favorite toy. Another casualty of Amazon.com? Perhaps, but not all of our shopping is not going to be online in the future. Consider that Amazon itself just opened its first Amazon Go store, a brick and mortar convenience store in Seattle. Researchers at the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation say that we’re entering the age of “New Retail,” a combination of online and “offline,” or brick-and-mortar retail. And in that game, it’s actually China that’s leading the way.